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PostPosted: Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:54 am 
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"When things are going well, you have obviously overlooked something."

When I cut the fingerboard to size, I very carefully laid it out, I figured 1/16" extra on each side for the binding, I drew the lines to account for the binding in the total width, all looked good.

Last evening I started making the nut. I measured the width of the fingerboard at the nut. It's 1/8" too much. Somehow I must have miscalculated the allowance for the binding. Or something.

I see two options. Maybe three.
    Take off the binding and just have an un-bound fingerboard.
    Convince the guy I'm making this for that he really wants a neck 1-13/16" at the nut instead of 1-11/16" he asked for.
    Take an axe to it and throw the whole thing in the woodstove. I'm not quite that disgusted with this guitar -- yet.

Are there any other options?

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2017 12:33 am 
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Is it fretted yet? Can you make a jig and rout the binding off and make the channel deeper? Maybe use a modified binding rabbet jig?


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2017 5:54 am 
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I've decided that the most straightforward way to deal with it is to take off the binding, shave down the neck, and just have an un-bound fingerboard. The width is correct without the binding.

All I lose is having a bound fingerboard, which is purely cosmetic. I'm a bit disappointed, as I personally like the look of a bound fingerboard, but it's not any kind of requirement for this guitar.

I peeled off the binding last evening using a couple of short steel bars roughly 3/4 x 3/4 x 3 that I heated on the kitchen stove and held on the binding to heat it up while I pried with a thin blade. It didn't take long.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 5:08 pm 
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I still need to install the pickgjuard and tweak the action a bit more, but this thing is finally together and essentially done. I set the neck yesterday, and the alignments came out exactly as I wanted them to. It sounds pretty good. I personally dislike the narrow neck (1-11/16" nut, 2-1/8" bridge pin spacing), but that is what the customer requested so that's what it is.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 11:03 pm 
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That's a thing of beauty - well done, and congratulations on getting past your unexpected hurdles.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 4:46 am 
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It's beautiful Steve. You did good, my friend.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 7:28 am 
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Handsome, classic style. As good as it looks, one would never know there was any stress in its birthing. What's next?


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 8:43 am 
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I'm not sure. My Parlkinson's disease is getting more annoying and making the process of building a guitar more difficult...and I'm sure we would all agree it's difficult enough already!

However, I'm not about to let some stupid disease run my life if I can still manage to things, even if they are more difficult. I'll doubtless build something, but I don't know what. The instrument tally in the house is currently at 6 guitars, 4 dulcimers, 4 banjos, a mandolin, a bowed psaltery, a hammered dulcimer, and an autoharp. I don't really need another instrument!

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:11 am 
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MaineGeezer wrote:
I'm not sure.... The instrument tally in the house is currently at 6 guitars, 4 dulcimers, 4 banjos, a mandolin, a bowed psaltery, a hammered dulcimer, and an autoharp. I don't really need another instrument!


A nice little soprano lute might be fun to try. ;-)


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 04, 2017 6:21 pm 
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I've been cleaning up the final details. I attached the pickguard. I've worked over the nut and saddle to get the action where it ought to be. I've shaved a bit more off the neck to smooth out curve transitions, especially at the heel, and to make it feel thinner overall. Now I'm putting finish on the neck (again). I also need to touch up the finish in general.

When it's "done," if it ever reaches such a state, I'll post a final picture.

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